USMNT report card: Altidore dices Honduran defense in 1-0 American win at Rio Tinto

Published: Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:52 a.m. MDT

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Starter: Tim Howard

Tim Howard spend 85 minutes of this match tending an empty line under no pressure. The other five minutes — the ones that required action — were brilliant.

Following Fabian Johnson's disastrous giveaway near midfield in the 45th minute, Howard delivered a fantastic save in a one-on-one situation, the only such series for Honduras all night.

Howard was also strongly involved in the attack, pushing plays up the wings immediately after making saves.

One such play was the goal that might have been. In the 59th minute following a Howard save, Howard heaved the ball up the left flank to Eddie Johnson. Eventually the ball worked its way into Honduras' penalty area, landed at Altidore's feet, and in the back of the net. Unfortunately, Altidore was drawn two yards offside immediately preceding the pass.

Regardless, Howard's ability to make both offensive and defensive plays from his back line is a weapon valuable in any team's World Cup qualifying arsenal.

Grade: A
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